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Four ways to make the most of the summer solstice in London

Written by
Alexandra Sims

June 21 is the longest day of the year. Fill those extra hours of sunshine at these events.  

‘Longplayer’ Day

This 12-hour day of talks, performances and workshops is inspired by ‘Longplayer’ – a set of singing bowls in Trinity Buoy Wharf’s lighthouse, which will ring continuously until 2999. The peripatetic programme exploring time and duration takes place across London in parks, abandoned police stations and along the Thames shoreline.
Various locations. Thu Jun 20. Free.

‘The Dark Outside’

For just 24 hours a special radio broadcast will join London’s airwaves. Transmitting from Epping Forest, it’ll feature previously unheard sounds, ranging from recordings of someone singing in the bath to unreleased tracks by famous and unknown bands. Head to the woodland with a radio and tune into 87.7FM to listen.
Epping Forest. Chingford tube. Thu Jun 20-Fri Jun 21. Free.

Aztec Summer Solstice Ceremony

Learn all about Mesoamerican culture as Atlachinolli, one of the few Aztec groups in Europe, take over The Queen of Hoxton’s rooftop. Watch them make an Aztec flower carpet and perform ancient rituals.
Queen of Hoxton. Old St tube. Fri Jun 21. £20.

 Oval Night Market

See the longest day through into the early hours at this alfresco street party. The road around The Oval in Hackney will be closed to make way for street food trucks, craft stalls, bars and DJs. 
The Oval. Cambridge Heath Overground. Fri Jun 21-Sat Jun 22. Free entry.

Images: Longplayer © Iris Garrelfs, Epping Forest © Luke Turner, Aztec Ceremony © Atlachinolli

Prepare for the long haul and celebrate the longest day in London, from sunrise to sunset

Find more great things to do in this magical month with our June guide

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